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Comic Issues #127 – Guest Starring Young Justice

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Comic Issues #127 – Guest Starring Young Justice

Comic-Con 2013 begins tomorrow! And as if that wasn’t enough, tomorrow is also the premiere of the highly-anticipated fan-made web series Young Justice: Abduction.

Join our heroes and heroine and their special guest, writer and actor Colin Bass, as they talk about the thrills and perils of creating your own web series. Andrew gets to geek out with a fellow Power Ranger fan, Colin gets shot at, Elizabeth gets a new name, and Anthony gets run down like a dog in the street. (One of those is probably an exaggeration.)

This podcast was originally broadcast live from Villainous Lair Studios! In front of a huge online audience! Huge!

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[Review] Much Ado About Nothing

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[Review] Much Ado About Nothing

After the bigger-than-life superheroes of Avengers, the vampires of Buffy, and the spaceships of Firefly, it’s definitely a head-trip to watch a Joss Whedon movie about a 400 year old play. But it’s a good head-trip, one that you need to go experience.

Yes, I know it’s Shakespeare. You’ll like it. And you’ll understand it, I promise.

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Return of Ten Books, A Thousand Pages: Part One

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Return of Ten Books, A Thousand Pages: Part One

I don’t want to run a halfway decent idea into the ground, but I had so much fun with the “Ten Books, A Thousand Pages” project (Part One is here, and Part Two here) that I had to do it again. So I present The Return of Ten Books, A Thousand Pages, wherein I pick ten science fiction or fantasy books from the front-and-center display of the bookstore and read the first 100 pages of each to see if it’s something you (or I) would want to finish reading.

The idea is to do a quick and dirty review of the books that are going to be in your face the next time you’re out shopping or browsing the Recommended Reading sections online. And honestly, if a book can’t capture your attention in a hundred pages, I think it’s safe to find something you might like better.

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Doctor Who Press Conference with Steven Moffat

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Doctor Who Press Conference with Steven Moffat

Doctor Who returned to the BBC this past Saturday with a brand new episode, The Bells of Saint John, and a brand new companion, Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Last week the BBC held a press conference with writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, to answer questions about Doctor Who in general and this new season in particular. Moffat was, as usual, very witty and engaging, giving reporters little tidbits about future episodes, without giving too much away about the upcoming adventures of the Eleventh Doctor and his mysterious new companion.

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Review: And Another Thing

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Review: And Another Thing

Most craft give a nod, however brief and unfriendly, toward beauty. Vogon ships did not nod toward beauty. They pulled on ski masks and mugged beauty in a dark alley.

I really wanted to like And Another Thing, Eoin Colfer’s sequel to the late Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series. In the end, however, I can only recommend it under very specific circumstances.

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part Two

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part Two

Welcome to part two of “Ten Books, a Thousand Pages,” where I read the first hundred pages of ten books released this year. (Part one is here.) My rules for the books I picked:

  1. They need to have been written in 2012.
  2. They need to be sci-fi or fantasy titles.
  3. They need to be sitting someplace front-and-center at the bookstore.

With any luck one of these will make a perfect Christmas present for your favorite book geek. Or a present for yourself, if someone put a bookstore gift card in your stocking.

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part One

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part One

Over at the pixelatedgeek.com offices, there’s been a lot of talk about Holiday Gift Guides and presenting a list for every category of entertainment. As one of the book reviewers, I couldn’t make up my mind: do I list a bunch of great books I’ve already read, or do I review the new books that have everybody excited? I figured the second would be more fun, except for the fact that there’s no way I can finish reading enough books between now and Christmas to make a worthwhile list.

I read pretty fast, but I can’t read that many books in time. But I can certainly read parts of many books.

On that note I bring you “Ten Books, a Thousand Pages.” I’ve picked ten books and read the first hundred pages of each title. Some might argue that a hundred pages isn’t a fair assessment of a book (what if it’s a terrible book with a great ending?) but I think that far into a book, you’ll either love it enough to continue or quietly put it down and go find something you like better.

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Review: Raiders!

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Review: Raiders!

Raiders!” is the story of a Raiders of the Lost Ark fan film made by several boys in their teens back in the 1980’s. What started as a summer project ended up becoming a spectacular cult classic that even got Steven Spielberg’s attention.

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